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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


SPBG gives mediators a helping hand

The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) is launching a scheme for trained mediators as part of its overarching LawWorks programme in conjunction with the Bar Pro Bono Unit. City Disputes Panel chief executive Guy Sutton, who is involved in running the scheme, says it will give mediators invaluable experience that could help them win clients.“Mediation […]

A view from los angeles

It has been said that the US justice system has become the world’s soap opera. Assuming this to be true, you may rest assured that the script was written, directed and produced in Los Angeles (LA) and that the characters either lived here or moved here when the trial was over. While the practice of […]

On your trademarks

Trademark law is in a constant state of flux, and many cases end up in the House of Lords or even the ECJ. Andrew Norris reports on the year’s most significant rulings There seems to have been more recent developments in trademarks and passing off than in other areas of intellectual property law. In particular, […]

Camerons fees exceed expectations

CMS Cameron McKenna has more than doubled its predicted growth as turnover rose by 19 per cent last year. Managing partner Dick Tyler said that the firm had budgeted for a 9 per cent increase but gross fees rose to £162m from £136m.The firm had a buoyant year across all practice groups and the international […]


Tucked away in the latest half-year deal tables is a name that barely resonates outside Holborn. (For the benefit of our City readers: that’s slightly west of you.) Nestling cosily between Ashurst Morris Crisp and Norton Rose in the Thomson Financial table of UK announced deals is none other than Nabarro Nathanson.In the first six […]

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